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'Our Planet', Marie Kondo among Netflix documentaries to air on TVRI

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, June 18, 2020  /  02:06 pm
'Our Planet', Marie Kondo among Netflix documentaries to air on TVRI

'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo' is among several Netflix shows that will be aired on TVRI. (Netflix /File)

For the first time ever, several documentaries from streaming platform Netflix are to be aired on television, in this case state-owned television broadcaster TVRI, starting June 20.

Among the documentaries scheduled for airing every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. are Our Planet, Street Food: Asia, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Spelling the Dream, Chasing Coral and Night on Earth. Replays of these shows, all translated into Indonesian, will be available on Sundays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

The screening is part of an educational program dubbed Belajar dari Rumah (Studying from Home) initiated by the Education and Culture Ministry and TVRI. Launched on April 12, the program aims to offer an alternative way of learning during the pandemic, especially for students, teachers and parents who have limited internet access.

“We appreciate Netflix’s support, as it’s their first time in the world to team up with the government to air their best documentaries via a television channel,” Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said in a statement. “We hope it’ll be warmly received by the public to expand their knowledge in an exciting way.”

Bela Bajaria, Netflix's vice president of international originals, said he was hopeful that more Indonesians would be able to enjoy the shows through the program.

“We hope Indonesians of various age groups can be inspired by nature when watching Our Planet and Night on Earth, or by the explorations in Spelling the Dream and Street Food: Asia,” said Bajaria.

Providers under the state-owned Telkom Group have blocked Netflix since 2016, insisting that the platform does not meet Indonesian standards for media content. However, Telkomsel director Setyanto Hantoro said recently that the cellular service provider and internet provider Indihome were in discussions with Netflix regarding opening the access. (wir/kes)

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